Year 1

Year 1

We aim to provide the highest possible quality of education, and place strong emphasis on the core subjects of English, Maths and Science.

In addition, we provide a range of foundation subjects relevant to the outside world, such as humanities, modern languages, technology, music, drama, PE and games.

Our aim is to help children develop:

  • High levels of attainment in the key skills of literacy and numeracy
  • Skills in observation, information-seeking, posing questions and problem-solving
  • The ability to apply knowledge and skills to unfamiliar situations
  • The ability to co-operate and work productively with others, as well as to work and learn independently

Our study topic in the Michaelmas Term is ‘Houses and Homes’. We take the children to St Fagans National History Museum on the outskirts of Cardiff, to introduce them to many different types of houses. Gradually they become experts at identifying differences between old and new buildings through visiting the Celtic village, cottages and farms in the museum. We also walk around Clifton College looking at all of the different buildings. We talk about what they are used for and what they are made from.

During the Lent Term, we always have an exhilarating day when the children bring in their bikes for the ‘Wheels’ topic. The playground resembles a mock road system and the children cycle or scooter around a ‘circuit’. As well as remembering to look out for and obey the road signs as part of the Highway Code, they can improve their cycling prowess.

In the Summer Term, we study ‘Native Americans’ - a topic that really captures the imagination of the children. We visit the American Museum in Bath, and the children have the opportunity to dress up in authentic costume as a squaw or Native American Chief. They get to handle many different artefacts and discuss the materials they are made from. We usually finish this topic with a Pow Wow. A traditional dance and a short play are performed and the gathering ends with a picnic around a campfire.